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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Cathie (7 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856269469
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856269469
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 20.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alex Mitchell is a journalist, author and gardener. She studied at the Chelsea Physic Garden and writes regularly for the Sunday Telegraph. She is the author of The Edible Balcony published in 2011 by Kyle Books.

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'Old tyres, tins, yogurt pots and colanders are brought into action in Alex Mitchell's imaginative new book for space-starved growers.' Sunday Telegraph

'Finally, someone has devoted an entire book to the subject of how to get things to grow I an entirely container-based veg plot.' The Independent on Sunday

'Urban gardener Alex Mitchell shows us how to make the most of your outdoor space - from a window box to a roof terrace.' YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday

'City dwellers need not meet out on the joys of growing their own fresh fruit and vegetables.'
--Countryman

'Finally, someone has devoted an entire book to the subject of how to get things to grow I an entirely container-based veg plot.' --The Independent on Sunday

'Urban gardener Alex Mitchell shows us how to make the most of your outdoor space - from a window box to a roof terrace.' --YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday

About the Author

Alex Mitchell is a journalist, author and gardener. She studied at the Chelsea Physic Garden and writes regularly for the Sunday Telegraph. She is the author of The Girls Guide to Growing Your Own.


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This book is packed full of great tips, gorgeous photos and interesting stories. It's a fun and informative read and has given me some much needed confidence to pursue my home grown dream. I live in a big city with only a roof deck to garden in. In the past I have struggled with ideas and some failed crops but this book has all the answers I need. It has detailed information on how to deal with the climate and space you grow in alongside some interesting profiles of amazing balconies packed with food. I now feel more confident and aim to turn my 10ft by 10ft Toronto balcony into a living allotment. I'm looking forward to picking vegetables with my four yr old son this summer.
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I've been wondering what to plant on my roof terrace so was delighted when I saw an extract of this book in the Mail on Sunday and ordered the book straight away. It arrived this morning and I'm now completely inspired - not only is this stunning book packed with information about what to grow, it's also full of beautiful photos showing just how creative you can be in even the smallest of spaces. I love the idea of recyling old colanders to make planters and using drawers to make raised beds - I've already started planning which edibles to grow & am hunting for quirky pots. The perfect book for those of us who don't have allotments or gardens but have got the grow-your-own bug.
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Saw this book and thought it looked nice. I love veggie growing but wanted some inspiring ideas about how to make the most of my urban patio garden over and above the tomatoes in growbags. This book does not disappoint. I am filled with enthusiasm about doing some of the things this book suggests, the runner bean tunnel is going to be a definite feature in my garden now. What I also like is the real life photos that are shown so you know it is all possible. I had never heard of Japanese Wineberry, it is now on my garden plant wishlist.
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I have a small but awkwardly-shaped area outside my flat, and after being given a pepper plant (which I subsequently killed) I realised that it's so satisfying to grow your own food. This book is perfect - I saw it recommended in a magazine, but put off buying it because I thought it was the wrong time of year for planting things. I wish I hadn't now as there are suggestions for plants to grow all through the year, including indoor and outdoor varieties.

The book has many different sections ranging from the planning process (suggestions for containers, preparing the area etc.) to the planting and maintainance of the plants (including detailled listings of easy plants, exotic plants etc. and how to look after them, like making a self-watering container) and even a list of common pests and diseases which might affect your crops. There really is something for every space, whether it's sunny, windy or shady (including suggestions for different climates - hot, wintery etc.) And if, like me, you're a fiend for recycling and reusing, there's some lovely suggestions for reused containers (like the colander hanging basket or the 'salad cascade' made of guttering). There is a lot of information, but it is written and presented in a clear and concise way, making a rather intimidating job seem easily achieveable. I am a newbie to this, but nothing in the book confused me or went over my head, and you don't need any expensive equipment so there's not a lot of cost involved in following the suggested projects.

There are beautiful pictures throughout of example balconies and small spaces which are really inspiring. I think that this would be a great reference even if you have a larger space as it's so simple and infomative that you could easily apply it to larger area. The only problem I have now is trying to pick which plants and pots I want to use!

I would recommend this book to anyone with even the smallest interest in grow-your-own.
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This book was recommended to me at a Growing Vegetables course run by the Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh as I was looking for ideas to maximise space in our new vegetable garden and also the garden of the school in which I teach. 'The Edible Balcony' is full of cheap and easy ways to add growing potential to your available space and we are already harvesting lettuce and salad leaves grown in a recycled horse trough and guttering attached to our fence (similar to illustration on front cover). A great purchase, highly recommended.
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I don't actually have a balcony but was attracted by the striking front cover and quickly realised that all the planting projects in this beautiful, inspiring book could apply just as well to my tiny town garden. I love all the ideas about using recycled materials to make original containers and the photographs are gorgeous. I particularly liked the idea of sowing salad leaves in guttering against the wall - perfect for my shed wall. As a not terribly green-fingered beginner I found all the planting information really easy to understand but what lifts this above many how-to guides is that it also touches on the wider issues about why growing food in cities is so important.
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This is a great little book. I live in a rented house with a mature garden which is well-stocked with plants so there is no option for me to grow veg other than in containers and this has been the perfect guide to getting started (if it weren't for the bad summer last year!). Great pictures and layout that really make you want to follow the tips and hints and grow tasty food. Ideas on both balcony lay-out design, innovative use of containers, co-planting and the actual sowing, growing and caring for your crops. Love the sections also on why growing veg is important in cities.
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